New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio hasn’t been on anyone’s favorites list for quite some time. But now it would seem that even his favor with New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has run out, as the Democratic leader just revealed that he might soon “displace” de Blasio due to his lack of leadership.
As continued rioting and looting, sparked by the wrongful death of Minneapolis, Minnesota resident George Floyd, threaten the livelihoods and safety of our nation, New York City, as America’s largest metropolis, has no doubt been one of the hardest hit. In fact, it has been noted that the not so peaceful “demonstrations,” as mainstream media has taken to calling them, have engulfed the city for seven nights straight now.
And everyone is calling for it to end.
Naturally, in such circumstances, the immediate responsibility falls to the mayor. After all, he has taken an oath to lead and protect the city at all costs. However, it is becoming increasingly apparent that de Blasio is unfit for the task, as riots continue unhindered by the police department at his disposal.
Therefore, so the governor is now threatening to step in and “take over.”
On Tuesday, Governor Cuomo held yet another press conference addressing both his state and the nation on what he is doing to curb the problems at hand. In this particular address, he mostly blamed both de Blasio and the officers under him in the NYPD for not doing “their job.”
He said, “The NYPD and the mayor did not do their job last night, I believe that.” And then he went on to explain that as the nation’s largest city, the metropolis also has access to the country’s largest police force, which should be fully used to “protect property and people.”
“You have 38,000 NYPD people; it is the largest police department in the United States of America. Use 38,000 people and protect property. Use the police, protect property, and people.”
Cuomo then went on to say that he was disgusted with the lack of action seemingly taking place in the city, stating that “it was a disgrace,” and placing blame on de Blasio.
“I believe the mayor underestimates the scope of the problem. I think he underestimates the duration of the problem, and I don’t think they used enough police to address the situation.”
In fact, he was so disgusted by it that he threatened to “displace the mayor” and “take over,” citing that he has the power to do so and will if needed. Cuomo said, “My option is to displace the mayor of New York City and bring in the National Guard as the governor in a state of emergency and basically take over.”
Cuomo had already let it be known that he had offered the National Guard to de Blasio. But in his arrogance, de Blasio had refused, telling the governor that he could “handle it with the NYPD,” according to Cuomo.
However, we all know how that’s been going. It’s very likely that someone could do so with just the NYPD on hand. After all, as Cuomo has stated, it’s the most populous police force in the country.
But that person is clearly not de Blasio, especially after spending years not standing up for them and letting an atmosphere of cop hatred and violence spread throughout the city.
Then again, the governor, after threatening de Blasio’s career, decided that he wasn’t quite ready to do that. After all, he has already publicly criticized President Donald Trump for similar actions in Washington, D.C., regardless that the looting and rioting have been slowed the last few nights as a result.
He stated said that he didn’t think “we’re at that point” yet. And he added, “that would be such a chaotic situation in the midst of an already chaotic situation. I don’t think that makes any sense.”
But with his largest city in an unending state of civil unrest and anarchy, he is going to have to do something and soon, especially if de Blasio continues to not address the situation. As it is, the city is already calling for his resignation, with crowds of thousands showing up Tuesday night outside of Gracie Mansion, the mayor’s home, to protest his leadership. Reportedly, the massive crowds stretched a whopping 19 blocks.
I think it’s safe to say Bill de Blasio’s time in office won’t last much longer.